The scary COVID-19 coronavirus neither affects nor infects dogs and cats yet panicky pet-owners are succumbing to mask hysteria in an effort to protect their furry friends.
1) Three Masked Cat Tears
OK, it's only ONE masked cat and it isn't crying but give it time – the coronavirus epidemic has only just begun. We really have to salute the anonymous owner of this unusually tolerant feline: not only have they carefully cut eye-holes to make a mask designed for people fit a much smaller creature, they ensure said creature doesn't stray through the use of a leash.
2) Chance The Wrappers
The thing about dogs is, they need to be taken for walkies in order to do that voodoo that they do so well... that is, they gotta poop somewhere and you've gotta ride shotgun. This plastic-wrapped pair appear to have gone to extremes in order to avoid contact with anything resembling an incoming virus. Good job... except for one thing: what happens when the shrink-wrapped pooch needs to conduct some “outgoing” business?
3) Robbery, Assault & Cattery
“I'm fully armed and fabulously clawed. I want ALL the kitty treats in the register, and I want them MEOW!” Someone should tell this feline felon-to-be that masks are meant to preserve one's health, not redistribute other folks' wealth. Hey, is that Bernie Sanders' cat?
4) Sock It To Me
Mounting concern over the rapid spread of COVID-19 has led to high demand (and higher prices) for surgical masks. What's a germophobic pup and their cheapskate owner to do? Improvise, of course! We do hope that sock was washed before being repurposed into a face mask, which begs the question: how does a dog wearing a sock mask smell? The answer, of course, is “terrible!”
5) Ziplock Headlock
Good: a face mask that doesn't block the wearer's vision. Also good: a face mask that allows free breathing. Not good at all: a clear plastic mask that distorts vision as much as it hinders respiration... like this one. Is it any wonder this cat's given up the ghost and, possibly, become one? Word to the owner: dude, it's a cat – buy a litter box and stay the heck at home.
6) Can't Touch This
Welcome to helicopter parenting, pet edition. Where in the world could this fragile snowflake be going, all wrapped up like the canine version of Bubble Boy? Even Laika the Russian space-dog wasn't dressed so protectively, and the Soviets launched her into outer space! Unfortunately, Laika's historic trip didn't include a splashdown, something this prodigiously padded and probably waterproof poodle could come through with flying colors.
7) Cap Mask Fever
My hat is a surgical mask, your argument is irrelevant. Though this photo's backstory is unclear, we're guessing it's the end result of a germophobe pet-owner struggling – no doubt for hours – to purr-suade the recalcitrant resident rodent-killa to get with the antiviral program. Not seen: said germophobic owner frantically applying bandages to their shredded skin as they attempt to stop the bleeding.
8) Bring Me Solo
So long Cat in the Hat, hello Pup in the Cup! It's sorta like those skunks, raccoons and other wildlife that get their heads stuck in peanut butter jars, only this was planned... and there's no yummy peanut butter to make it all worthwhile. While we have to give kudos to this fine example of redneck craftsmanship, we have some doubts about the contraption's effectiveness. As an anti-virus mask, that is... there's no doubt it's an awesomely effective dog saliva collector.
9) Breathers Of The Pack
They say misery loves company and there are few things more miserable than being laid low with a cold, the flu, or a case of COVID-19 coronavirus. At the same time, those who chose to wear a surgical mask in public probably feel more comfortable if they're not the only ones doing so. Safety in numbers... both socially and epidemiologically speaking. The two dogs above care naught of such things, they're just in it for the treats coming their way at the end of the photo shoot.
10) Who Was That Masked Mammal?
Preventing identity theft is a serious issue, as is protecting one's self from contagious infections. Now you (and your pet) can cover all the bases! The animal (?) above appears to enjoy 100% coverage against airborne communicable disease germs. At the same time, no one can steal its identity 'cuz... nobody can identify it. Could be a cat, might be a dog, possibly a chinchilla. One thing it ain't, is a threat to public health. Can you say the same about yourself? (all images via commenters at Shrine, an animation blog at Sina Weibo)